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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Japan : Nagasaki Peace Park

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Let's know more about Japan's Nagasaki Peace Park!

Hi! I'll give you some details and facts about this beautiful and peaceful park! The Nagasaki Peace Park is located in Nagasaki, Japan to honor or to remember the atomic bombing of the city last August 9, 1945. It is beside the Atomic Bomb Museum and near the Peace Memorial Hall.

    Frontal View of Peace Statue
    (credits to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nagasaki_peace_garden_pointing_statue.jpg)

As you can see the picture above, that is the Frontal View of Peace Statue of the Nagasaki Peace Park. The Peace Statue measures about 10 meter tall and it is created by Seibo Kitamura of the Nagasaki Prefecture. Imagine how tall that statue is! It was dedicated for the victims of the atomic bomb explosion.

The statue's right hand point upwards because of the threat of nuclear weapons while the left hand point sidewards because it symbolizes eternal peace. The face of the statue symbolizes divine grace and the gently close eyes symbolizes an offering prayer for the repose of the victims' souls. The folded right leg and the extended left leg symbolizes both meditation and to rescue people. In front of the statue there is a black marble vault where it contain names of atomic bomb victims and survivors who died.

If I will have a chance to go to Japan, I'll probably visit this park to see that amazing statue!
    International Sculpture Gifts at Nagasaki Peace Park
    (credits to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Statue_at_Nagasaki_Peace_Park_Babies_in_the_Air.jpg)

    Nagasaki Peace Park's Fountain of Peace
    (credits to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nagasaki_Fountain_of_Peace.jpg)

The Fountain of Peace is located at the south end of the park. Every year, August 9, a Peace Memorial Ceremony is being held in front of the statue and the Mayor of Nagasaki declares a Peace Declaration to the World. It was built last August 1969 as an offering prayer for the repose of the victims' souls.

Carved on the black stone was a lines from the poem written by a girl named Sachiko Yamaguchi who was nine years old and it says "I was thirsty beyond endurance. There was something oily on the surface of the water, but I wanted water so badly that I drank it just as it was."

The city of Nagasaki established a "Peace Symbols Zone" on both sides of the park last 1978 where they invite donations of monuments from countries around the world.

One of them was the "Relief of Friendship" donated by Porto, Portugal (1978).

                      "Relief of Friendship"
                      (credits to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nagasaki_Peace_Park_C1847.jpg)

Another one is donated by Bulgaria (1980) and it is called "A Call".
                      "A Call"
                      (credits to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Peace_Park_memorial_-_Bulgaria.jpg)

Another one is donated by the city of San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina (1996) and it is called "Triumph of Peace over War".
                      "Triumph of Peace over War"
                      (credits to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Peace_Park_memorial_-_Argentina.jpg)

There are lots of monuments that are donated by other countries that we can see at the Nagasaki Peace Park. So, if you will go to Japan, visit the Nagasaki Peace Park to see the beautiful statues and the monuments!

I hope you have learned more about this amazing park! Thank you for reading!

Contributed by: Fervi Mae C. Cano

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3 comments:

  1. Wow! Such a beautiful place. :)

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  2. Ohh! I discovered a lot. I hope i could go to this place someday!!

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  3. This article made me want to go to this gorgeous place. I hope I could go there someday... :)

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